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Net Fishing at Night on the Sumida River

Net Fishing at Night on the Sumida River

c. 1800

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Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川 歌麿

(Japanese, c. 1754–1806)

Triptych of color woodblock prints

Overall: 38.6 x 25.4 cm (15 3/16 x 10 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1116



In this triptych (a composition of three prints), a nighttime drinking party on a pleasure boat is interrupted by an encounter with a fishing boat on the Sumida River in Edo (now Tokyo). A young man in a bold, checked robe distributes lacquer dishes of sake to his female companions, while another man sits on the boat’s roof, peering at the fisherman’s net. The fisherman struggles to control the net as a woman in the party boat offers her sake dish, her robe pulled open at the neck to enjoy the evening cool.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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